The Intrepid Beauty of Africa & the Indian Ocean

19th Nov 2023 93 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2330
FREEDOM FARE FROM £9,999 per person
Fred. Olsen's Africa and Indian Ocean Cruise Fred. Olsen's Africa and Indian Ocean Cruise
FREEDOM FARE FROM £9,999 per person

Benefit from up to £500 FREE On Board Spend* PLUS enjoy FREE door-to door transfers up to 200 (UK mainland) miles each way.

*Receive £500 On Board Spend when you book a Suite, or £400 for a Terrace Cabin; £350 for a Superior Ocean View Cabin, or £300 for an Ocean View; or £200 for a Interior Cabin.

An adventurous exploration jointly hand-crafted by Fred. Olsen Jnr himself, along with our expert team of Journey Planners, this circumnavigation of Africa combines explorations of famous destinations with discoveries of gems found off the beaten track. There are countless highlights throughout, from fascinating history and faraway cultures to diverse landscapes and captivating endemic species.[ReadMore]

Along this epic voyage, you’ll have chances to go in search of Africa’s remarkable flora and fauna; a visit to Madagascar presents an opportunity to seek-out elusive wildlife such as lemurs and chameleons, and see and smell beautiful ylang-ylang trees, while you could encounter the ‘Big Five’ on safari and game reserve tours in Kenya and South Africa. Witness the wonders of African nature in its landscapes too; journey to the colossal dunes of the Namib – the world’s oldest desert – during a visit to Walvis Bay, see the sweeping volcanic lands, forests and cascading waterfalls of Réunion Island, and revel in the sight of Table Mountain in Cape Town. Four days in Cape Town allows ample time to discover sites steeped in history, such as Signal Hill and Robben Island, too. Speaking of history, historical sites don’t get much better than Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza – within reach of Alexandria – and the Valley of the Kings, where you can get up close to Tutankhamun’s burial ground at the Valley of the Kings on tour from Safaga. Meanwhile, off the well-explored tourist trails, Bolette will divert to destinations such as Sao Tome, Ghana, Benin, Togo and Zanzibar, where you’ll get to delve into the local cultures, customs and traditions of less-visited gems. All this, and much more, awaits on your adventure.

Beyond African shores, your journey also takes you to Asia, Arabia and across the Med, for yet more unforgettable sights and experiences. Compare the contrasts of idyllic, unspoilt Indian Ocean islands in the Seychelles and Maldives with the high energy lifestyle and magnificent modern architecture of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and the hustle and bustle of India’s largest city, Mumbai, where you can assist a ‘Dabbawala’ with their daily lunch deliveries. The Indian leg also brings opportunities to visit Goan spice and tea plantations, cook Keralan cuisine, and see Kochi’s iconic Chinese fishing nets. You’ll also navigate the Suez Canal – one of the most memorable cruising experiences – and sail the Mediterranean, stopping at Malta to take in the ancient treasures of Valletta along the way.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

While Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, she still has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So on board you’ll find you have more space in which to relax, in public areas such as the all-season pool and the beautiful two-tiered entertainment theatre, and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant lounges, bars and dining venues.
With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.